Where is your focus?

Below is a blog by Seth Godin. He writes a blog every day that shares a perspective worth looking at, no matter what your career. One can subscribe to his daily blog for free and enjoy the benefits of a new view and some good self-evaluation each morning. This one came today and I just love it …and thought that you might, too.

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Focus is a choice.

The runner who is concentrating on how much his left toe hurts will be left in the dust by the runner who is focusing on winning.

Even if the winner’s toe hurts just as much.

Hurt, of course, is a matter of perception. Most of what we think about is.

We have a choice about where to aim the lens of our attention. We can relive past injustices, settle old grudges and nurse festering sores. We can imagine failure, build up its potential for destruction, calculate its odds. Or, we can imagine the generous outcomes we’re working on, feel gratitude for those that got us here and revel in the possibilities of what’s next.

The focus that comes automatically, our instinctual or cultural choice, that focus isn’t the only one that’s available. Of course it’s difficult to change it, which is why so few people manage to do so. But there’s no work that pays off better in the long run.

Your story is your story. But you don’t have to keep reminding yourself of your story, not if it doesn’t help you change it or the work you’re doing.

This reminds me of so much of what we do, ask ourselves, and practice at Scholars Together Learning Community. Questions like: Where am I headed? What am I looking for? Is what I am doing actually working effectively to get me where I want to go? How can I actually tell? What am I REALLY focusing upon? Am I willing to do the work that it takes? Am I hoping to enjoy the benefits of my work, or am I hoping someone else will do the work for me? Do I want to feel that indescribable joy of accomplishing something I set out to do?  Do I want to feel that sweet “rightness” in my heart that comes from changing paths because it is a better idea, even though I had started down another? Where is my focus — on the past and on mistakes OR on the lessons and my new sense of direction or goal?

Thanks, Seth, for these ideas and for your consistent work that helps us look more deeply at the simple and yet important things.

Tien Stone Langlois, Facilitator – Scholars Together Learning Community, Inc.

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